Junior defenseman and co-captain Jarrett Jones scored a man-down goal to break open a close game with San Clemente and lead the Palos Verdes Sea Kings to an important 14-8 road win Saturday in San Clemente. The win lifts PV, ranked No. 2 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll, to 4-1, while San Clemente, No. 6 in the OC coaches poll, falls to 1-4.
Jones’ goal came midway through the second quarter after San Clemente had rallied to within one goal at 4-3 and the Sea Kings were man-down. Jones ran untouched down the field after a Triton turnover and fired past sophomore SC goalie Harrison Webb, lifting PV to a 5-3 lead. The goal seemed to ignite the team, as PV scored the next five goals — including a second by Jones — to stretch their lead to 10-3 just after halftime. The Tritons rallied, outscoring PV 5-4 over the final 20 minutes, but the Sea Kings proved too much to handle.
San Clemente’s Nick Lemus (4 goals, 2 assists) scored the game’s first goal off a nice feed from Garrett Eslick (2 assists), and SC led 1-0 as the first quarter came to a close.
Goalie Webb, starting for SC’s injured Austin Boyer, recorded several impressive saves in the first quarter to set the tone for the game. But PV answered on goals by Stanny Gilbertson (3 goals, 1 assist), Rizal Smith (1 goal, 4 assists), Jack Larkin and Steven Delcarson to take a 4-1 lead.
The Tritons responded as sophomore attack Matt Keany (2 goals, 1 assist) scored on a fast-break feed from Lemus after junior LSM Ryan Crawford stripped a PV midfielder and raced downfield to trigger the break. Keany added another just seconds later, again from Lemus, to narrow it to 4-3.
That teed up Jones for his heroics, as the Georgetown commit turned the game with his man-down effort. Fellow Sea Kings Aidan Westley (3 goals) and Gilbertson scored before Jones added his second for the 8-3 halftime lead.
PV scored four of the next five goals — Westley, Austin Lowi, Gilbertson and Lowi again — to take a commanding lead. Lemus, Eric Zoe, Jack Renard and Lemus again tried to claw SC back, but Westley and Mikey Booth edged PV back comfortably before Lemus closed out the scoring with an extra-man tally. Palos Verdes goalie David McCann recorded 14 saves.
Palos Verdes nexts plays March 23 at Redondo Union, while San Clemente will host Trabuco Hills on March 24.